In Woking, England today, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team unveiled the creature that will attempt to help Lewis Hamilton capture his second straight F1 championship the new MP4-24. In development since September of 2007, the MP4-24 features a host of changes when compared to the outgoing MP4-23, including heavily revised bodywork, re-sculpted front and rear wings, slick tires and a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). The changes come due to a number of new rules issued by Formula 1 that take effect for the 2009 season. At the Mercedes MP4-24's unveiling, Hamilton had this to say about the new vehicle: "The arrival of a new car is always an emotional moment for any racing driver and the unveiling of MP4-24 is even more special for me, not only because the car looks absolutely stunning but also because it carries the number one world champions. I believe this year's world championship is open, given the new rule changes and that's a great prospect for every Formula 1 fan. Personally, I'm hoping for another successful season and the chance to once again fight for the title until the final race if necessary, but preferably before!"